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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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national lead

December 30th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Was Sony hack an inside job?

(CNN) - With many experts now doubting North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures hack, the FBI agents investigating the breach were briefed by a cyber security firm that did some reverse hacking of its own.

It says this may have been an inside job and not some army of cyber warriors loyal to dear leader. The feds, at least publicly, are saying there's still no doubt over who hacked Sony.

CNN justice corespondent Pamela Brown joins "The Lead" with all the latest.

world lead

December 30th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Debris field in ocean sinks family members' hopes

(CNN) - While the discovery of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 debris is no doubt a gut punch to anyone who had been holding out hope that there were survivors, analysts can now start to piece together just what brought down this plane.

CNN's aviation correspondent Rene Marsh joins "The Lead" to discuss the latest in the search efforts.

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world lead

December 30th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Report from Indonesia: families distraught at discovery

(CNN) - The heartbreaking discovery of bodies and debris all but confirmed the absolute worst happened to AirAsia Flight 8501.

The search for the plane continues with crews working through the night, though the effort may have turned from search and rescue into search and recovery. Indonesian teams pulled three bodies, two women and one man, from the Java Sea, according to the head of that country's search and rescue agency, with whom CNN's Jake Tapper spoke earlier today.

Spotters in a military plane also spied and collected pieces of debris floating in the water below, just sixty miles from the flight's last known location. Now, per AirAsia, all the search teams are focusing their efforts around that site in the Karimata Strait, with divers and ships with sonar combing the ocean floor hoping to find the main cabin of the plane.

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national lead

December 30th, 2014
06:18 PM ET

Cybersecurity expert: Sony hack seemed driven by emotion, knowledge

(CNN) - Hemu Nigam, a cybersecurity expert and former vice president of Worldwide Internet Enforcement for the Motion Picture Association of America, joins "The Lead" to discuss the likely motivations behind the Sony Pictures hacking.

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politics lead

December 30th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Did Rep. Scalise need David Duke voters?

(CNN) - Larry Sabato, director of University of Virginia's Center for Politics, joins "The Lead" to discuss the racial controversy surrounding Rep. Steve Scalise and his 2002 speech to a white supremacist group.

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